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ACU ranked among 'America's Best Colleges,' called a 'Great School, Great Price'

August 19, 2005

Abilene Christian University once again scored in the top quartile of quality and as a "Best Value" in one of the nation’s most prestigious college guides – the 2006 U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges."

U.S. News & World Report ranked ACU 20th overall among the 123 schools in the 15-state West region of the "Best Universities-Master's" category, placing it in the top quartile.  ACU has been in the top quartile for seven consecutive years and 11 of the last 12 years.

In addition, ACU was listed among the "Great Schools, Great Prices" for the West region. Schools in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category are selected based on academic quality and the cost of attendance for a student receiving an average financial aid package.

"These rankings help confirm our success in providing the highest quality of education while remaining affordable for students," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We are pleased with our consistent ranking in the top quartile of quality and the bottom quartile of price."

Of the 30 Texas schools in the "Best Universities-Master's" category, only two were ranked higher than ACU – top-ranked Trinity University and St. Mary's University, both of San Antonio.

The rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment, graduation rate, freshmen retention rate, student-faculty ratio and entrance exam scores.

ACU's scores reflected an increase of freshmen who were in the top quartile of their high school class and an increased graduation rate compared to last year.

The book ranks 572 total "Best Universities-Master's" in the North, South, West and Midwest regions.  The "Best Universities-Master's" category represents universities that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees, some master's degrees, and few, if any, doctoral degrees.

U.S. News uses six categories of indicators to capture academic quality in the 'Master's" grouping: peer assessment (25 percent), retention (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

The full text of the U.S. News & World Report rankings will be available online at at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19.


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